Postgraduate
MSc Environment, Society and Development

NUI Galway

Course Overview


Growing structural economic inequalities, the threat of climate change and international migration crises have brought questions of neoliberalism, environmental sustainability and Western interventionary practices to the fore.

Global issues of geopolitics, security, development and the environment have never been so important. The MA in Environment, Society and Development is designed to enable you to bring critical and applied thinking to these vital global challenges. The programme will engage you on a critical exploration of the various practices of development and security that define our contemporary world, and ultimately how that critique can enable more informed and transformative interventionary practices. A core element of the MA programme will involve you working in the challenging international development context of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Through partnering with the United Nations Development Programme, and a range of other NGOs, government agencies and communities on the ground, you will gain vital experience of civic and community engagement in bringing critical thinking to development practice.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Galway

What is the length of the course?

12 Months (1 Year) Full-time


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options


Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places

12

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 15,550

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • The MA in Environment, Society and Development prepares you for a range of workplaces, including government departments, non-governmental organizations, planning and project management agencies, and specialist institutions.
  • Many of our graduates have gone on to work in a range of governmental roles, NGOs, UN agencies, and research and policy institutes globally, as well as pursuing PhD research in leading academic departments across the world.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

Second Class Honors NQAI Level 8 degree with a 2.1 in Geography and a 2.2 overall or related discipline, or equivalent. Selection is based on a candidate’s academic record, statement of intent and letters of recommendation. Prior learning in terms of relevant work experience is also recognized.

English Requirements

Arts/Business/Law (No less than 5.5 in any Component)
IELTS: 6.5 Overall
TOEFL: 88
Pearson (PTE): 61
Duolingo English Test (DET)**: 110
• Temporary measure for 2020 only in response to COVID-19

Special Entry Requirements

n/a

Career Prospects


The MA in Environment, Society and Development prepares you for a range of workplaces, including government departments, non-governmental organizations, planning and project management agencies, and specialist institutions. Many of our graduates have gone on to work in a range of governmental roles, NGOs, UN agencies, and research and policy institutes globally, as well as pursuing PhD research in leading academic departments across the world.

Notes


Practical Experience: In addition to engaging you on the most cutting-edge theoretical work from the interdisciplinary fields of development studies, critical geopolitics and political ecology, the programme has a strong emphasis on problem-solving skills, reflected in the focus on field-based learning practices. You will gain enormously from the experience of working on the ground in Bosnia with a variety of international development practitioners and local community partners.